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Union elections and data on vice chancellors’ pay point to more choppy waters for higher education.

There is talk around Westminster of a post-Brexit general election. The dates suggested are either 6 June (the anniversary of D-Day) or 2 May (on which local elections are already scheduled). How seriously we can treat these rumours is open to question but, given that prime minister Theresa May has categorically ruled out the possibility of an election, perhaps we should give them some credence.

In the world of higher education, it is quite the time for elections in every sense. A ballot for membership of the University and College Union’s National Executive Committee opened on 1 February; and the Office for Students has published the salaries of our universities’ chosen few. Let’s look at each form of election in turn.

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